In this age of interconnectivity, distance doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore, especially with high-tech, accessible and free modes of communication. It’s not an issue to talk to someone remotely from whatever part of the globe for free. Gone are the days when you had to pay phone bills to make a call or send a text message. Nowadays, to place a free voice or video call, you only need a stable internet connection and a mobile phone.
Almost all mobile gadgets now have front-facing cameras that allow video calling. To do this, you simply need to install a video calling app or software in your mobile phone or computer. And there are tons of apps and software available at your fingertips.
Here’s a list of some of the best free applications for video calling.
One of the earliest and widely used apps for video calling, Skype is available in both mobile gadgets and computer platforms. You can easily download the app for your Amazon Fire Phone, Android, BlackBerry, and iOs gadgets, as well as for computer operating systems like Linux, Mac and Windows. It’s also available for other devices like Xbox, PlayStation, and even smart TVs.
Skype is not just for video calling, it also has other functions, like file sharing and messaging. You can also call or send text messages to landlines or mobiles at a cheap price. Another great feature of Skype is that it allows group video calls, something you’ll probably need if you have businesses or multiple investments around the globe.
FB Messenger has gone through a dramatic evolution. Starting as a messaging platform, it is now capable of video calling. You can also send photos and files through FB Messenger. It also works on computers and mobiles. And since almost everyone has a Facebook account (and Messenger app), you will most likely be able to connect to whoever you want to talk to.
A good video calling app for business, Hangouts lets you host video conferencing with up to nine team members. It also lets you use Google Docs and share screens for real-time collaboration. And since it’s integrated to your Google Account, you don’t need to register a new account. It is accessible through any computer operating system as well as Android and Apple devices. This app is simple but ensures excellent video calling quality. Businesses that conduct remote operations and cater to clients from abroad, such as Dubai corporate video production company Astudio, rely heavily on similar business-grade video calling apps.
WhatsApp is a popular free messaging app that is available for Android, iPads, and iPhone devices, as well as Macs and Windows computers. It has video, voice, and text messaging features, and many more exciting features that make it a great messaging app for socialization purposes. Once you install the app, it automatically detects your phonebook contacts who also have the app. You can easily call them by tapping the call icon or place a video call using the camera icon.
Probably one of the simplest video chat apps, IMO doesn’t have a lot of fancy features. It sticks with the basics (text messaging, video and voice calls) which make it very lightweight. IMO works both on Android and iOS devices, as well as on computers. It is great for making calls over any type of internet connection. IMO is also a trusted app since it guarantees complete encryption of chats and calls.
Whether you’re video calling for social or business purposes, there’s definitely an app that will suit your preferences. Hopefully this list helps you pick the one that meets your needs.